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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced she'll keep her position for the next session of Congress. (Source: CNN) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced she'll keep her position for the next session of Congress. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – Surrounded by a host of female lawmakers, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced at a news conference Wednesday that she will run for another term as House Minority Leader.

"You are looking into the future of empowerment of women in America," Pelosi said.

She spoke about standing behind women's rights and violence against women.

Wednesday marks Pelosi's 10 year anniversary of her ascension to Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Pelosi also served as the 60th Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011.

The 72-year-old California Democrat made history as the first woman Speaker of the House and is said to be the highest-ranking female politician in history.

A reporter asked Pelosi if by staying in leadership she was preventing younger leaders from taking command of House Democrats.

The Democratic women surrounding her booed, Pelosi said, "Next. You always ask that question except to Mitch McConnell."

"Let's for a moment, treat this as a legitimate question, though it's quite offensive. Everything I have done in my decade of leadership is to elect younger and newer people to Congress," she said. "The answer is no."

She is currently serving her 13th term in Congress and was re-elected in last week's elections from her largely Democratic district in San Francisco, CA.

Since coming into party leadership in 2002, Pelosi has raised $328 million, including $85 million in the 2012 election cycle alone, according to Pelosi aides.

In March 2010, Pelosi cemented her place in political history when she finessed the passage of President Barack Obama's historic health-care reform legislation.

Pelosi was ranked 35th in Forbes magazine's 100 most powerful women, and was also Time's person of the year in 2009.

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